Deforestation

The Hefty Price We're All Paying For Deforestation in Indonesia

David Fogarty | Posted 07.01.2014 | Canada
David Fogarty

To further underscore the risks: Indonesia's forests contain 10 per cent of the world's plants, 12 per cent of the world's mammals, 16 per cent of the world's reptile-amphibians, and 17 per cent of the world's bird species. Massive clearance of forests, particularly primary forests, leads to extinctions, floods, reduced river flows, as well as huge fires.

Alberta's Worst Location For Deforestation Will Surprise You

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 06.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

EDMONTON - A report based on new satellite imagery says forests on the slopes of Alberta's Rocky Mountains are disappearing more quickly than anywhere...

Why Car Emissions Are Not a Big Deal

Andrew Tai | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Politics
Andrew Tai

It may seem like we're going off-topic here with all this talk about the various sources of greenhouse emissions, but the point remains the same -- driving a gas-powered car doesn't affect the environment as much as you think. You can throw your car away and replace it with a hybrid or a bike, if you like, but the environment will still be in trouble.

If You Don't Believe in Climate Change, Just Look Out the Window

David Suzuki | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

The world first heard urgent climate change warnings in 1988, issued by an international meeting of climatologists in Toronto. The evidence then was so compelling that one report declared global warming a threat to human survival second only to nuclear war and called for a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over 15 years. The anecdotes in a new film, Climate Change in Atlantic Canada, add up to an overwhelming warning that social, economic and ecological costs are rapidly mounting and we must take climate change seriously. As one person says, "If you don't believe it, just look out the window."

Scientists Agree: We Made Climate Change Happen

David Suzuki | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

The IPCC just released the first of four chapters of its Fifth Assessment Report. It shows scientists are more certain now that humans are largely responsible for global warming. When they say 95 per cent certain -- as the latest report does regarding human contributions to climate change -- that's as close to certainty as science usually gets. Evidence for climate change itself is "unequivocal."

Can We Save Clayoquot Sound?

Jens Wieting | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Jens Wieting

Clayoquot Sound has become known around the world as a test area for conservation and for economic activities that don't undermine the environment. Yet little progress has been made in securing legislated protection for Clayoquot's ancient forests and in advancing the title, rights and community aspirations of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations of the area.

It's World Environment Day and Canada's Not Doing so Hot

Rick J. Smith | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Rick J. Smith

Today is World Environment Day, an appropriate moment to reflect on the state of our nation's journey towards sustainability. In a nutshell, we're not doing so hot. Measured against other OECD nations, Canada continues to rank near the bottom of the barrel for environmental protection.

Logging Begins Near Pristine B.C. Trail

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VICTORIA - A property developer says logging is underway on a portion of land near the rugged and pristine Juan de Fuca Marine Trail on Vancouver Isla...

Sneaking Out of the Desertification Convention Sends the Wrong Message

David Suzuki | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

By abandoning the UN Desertification Convention, as well as other important international agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol, Canada is sending the wrong message to the world community. We're saying that exporting resources like oil and timber matter more to us than contributing to dialogue and partnership on global issues.

Musical Activism: Wake Up Madgascar

Anya Wassenberg | Posted 09.12.2012 | Canada
Anya Wassenberg

When most North Americans think of Madagascar, they think of the adorable animated creatures who inhabit the DreamWorks Madagascar film franchise. New York-based, Malagasy born singer Razia Said is hoping that she can attract at least a little of the interest in the film to the real Madagascar.